The entire Silverstone site was taken over by an amazing array of competition cars spanning the decades, classic car displays and parades, a mass of different entertainment attractions and activities for the entire family, capped by sensational music concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon. Both National and new Silverstone Wing pits and paddocks were crammed with a multitude of the world’s finest historic racing cars for what is believed to have been the biggest number of race entries ever recorded for a single race meeting held anywhere on the globe.
|E-Type Action at Silverstone
Famous racing names in attendance included Britain’s greatest sportscar driver five times Le Mans winner Derek Bell MBE, former bike and F1 World Champion John Surtees OBE and ex-F1 star Stefan Johansson, while on-track there was a memorable victory for the Aston Martin DB4 of Stuart Graham and Richard Attwood in the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy for Historic Cars. While Graham is the only man in recent history to have won a Tourist Trophy on both two and four wheels, Attwood relived memories of notching up Porsche’s maiden Le Mans 24 Hours victory in 1970.
|The Celebrities pose with the Morgans
(Can someone please tell us who these people are?)
Off-track, in excess of 7000 classic cars from 120 clubs packed the Silverstone infield with the E-type Jaguar taking pride of place in the key 50th anniversary event for Britain’s favourite sports car. More than 1000 E-types were on hand and in excess of 800 took part in a special track parade on Saturday which is hoped will set a new Guinness World record. Then, on Saturday evening a record grid of 52 E-types raced in the first of two special E-Type Challenge races.
|Touring cars dominate Silverstone